Union des Associations Européennes de Football

UEFA and Europol step up cooperation against match-fixing

032 - Memorandum of understanding signed at House of European Football

Published: Tuesday 27 May 2014, 13.00CET

UEFA and the European Union’s law enforcement agency, Europol, have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at reinforcing the fight against match-fixing in European football.

The memorandum was signed today at the House of European Football in Nyon by the President of UEFA, Michel Platini, and the Director of Europol, Rob Wainwright.

The scope of the memorandum includes the mutual provision of expertise and constant consultation in the areas of match-fixing in football and related organised crime, as well as the exchange of information and know-how related to those areas.

Europol and UEFA pledge to cooperate in joint activities and in implementing relevant projects, and to exchange information on suspected match-fixing cases and the methods used by individuals or criminal organisations to manipulate matches. Europol will also provide expert assistance and advice to UEFA and its 54 member associations on key aspects of contemporary criminal organisation in the area of match-fixing.

“Match-fixing is not a fantasy, it is a reality, a sad and serious reality,” said UEFA President Michel Platini. “UEFA and its member associations know that football authorities do not have the means to deal with this problem by themselves. Therefore, I am extremely happy to have the support of Europol. By joining forces, we will have more power.”

This was reiterated by Rob Wainwright: “The signing of this memorandum of understanding is an important step forward in the fight against match-fixing and a strong signal showing Europol’s and UEFA’s will to do our utmost to minimise this phenomenon, which needs to be taken seriously. It sends an important message to organised criminal groups that football and law enforcement are united in seeking to protect one of the world’s premier sports.”

“Since my election in 2007, I have made the fight against match-fixing a priority,” added the UEFA President. “We have to do everything to preserve the integrity of our games. Football has to be transparent, and maintain the magic of being a truly unpredictable game.”

European football’s governing body has a zero-tolerance policy towards match-fixing. Severe sanctions, including lifetime bans from football, have been handed down in cases where clubs, players, officials or referees have been found guilty of committing offences related to match-fixing. In addition, UEFA has a strict policy on the admission process to UEFA competitions for clubs involved in match-fixing activities.

Europol, which is based in The Hague, Netherlands, works together with EU member states, other partner states and other organisations in the fight against serious international crime, undertaking intelligence and investigatory work and collecting and disseminating information to national law enforcement agencies.

For further information

UEFA Media & Public Relations:+41 848 04 27 27

  • Route de Genève 46
  • CH-1260 Nyon 2
  • Tel. +41 848 04 27 27
  • media@uefa.ch
  • Twitter @UEFA
  • UEFA.com

http://www.uefa.com/mediaservices/mediareleases/newsid=2111260.html#uefa+europol+step+cooperation+against+match+fixing

 

Press kits

Official media packs written for every game in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League provide detailed and up-to-the-minute information ahead of the latest matches from Europe's leading club competitions.
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.